Noor said that out of the 285 families kicked out of the south western block in 2009, the Government had already resettled 250 in Uasin Gishu County.
His committee, he said was optimistic that the Government would evict the remaining settlers in the forest, claiming that since its rehabilitation started four years ago, the regeneration had started and rainfall had increased.
Noor added that his committee had written a Sh3 billion proposal to the Treasury for the compensation of 7,000 families still living in Maasai Mau forest block and lamented that it was taking long for the money to be released.
“The proposal was submitted to the Treasury long time ago but the money has not been released. Despite the delays, we are optimistic that it will finally be released for us to continue with the programme of rehabilitating and conserving the vital water tower,” he said.
The Mau Complex is considered the most important of the five main water towers in the country.
Before the Government moved to restore the complex, it was estimated that about 25 per cent of the Mau Forest had been lost to encroachment and other ills.